Costco Craving Curbed!

Hey All!

Hope you’re having a great day!

My posts have been slightly random lately due to the fact that I am in mid- move. I haven’t been able to cook as much as I’d like to since a lot of my stuff is packed up! I am moving in to my new place on May 1st, so my food and cooking experiments should resume once I’m settled :)

My trip to Costco was amazing… I seriously love going to Costco!

Here are some of my purchases:

My all time favorite crackers! Had to get 2 boxes!! I go through these like nobody’s business!

Some Amy’s Lentil Soup – Really like this soup!

Tru Roots Quinoa and a three bean mix that I haven tried yet!

Simply Natural Tomato Sauce:

My FAVORITE purchase! This HUGE tub of hummus!

Falafel Republic’s Falafel: I had to try this after reading Elise’s Review on these!

Almond Breeze of course!

Yummy Guac!

And Finally, some coconut water!

I love the prices at Costco! And their products.

Upon returning home, I made a lovely lunch with some of my Costco purchases!

Falafel, Hummus, Guacamole, Carrots, Crackers

The Falafel was really good flavor wise, a tad dry though, but that’s where the hummus and guac came in! Moistened those Falafels right up! Such a good lunch!

Sorry for the blurry pics! They were all taken with my phone so not the best quality!

What are your favorite Costco purchases?

Ellie

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Gibelotte

Gibelotte pronounced “jjjjjeeblut” (j sound like you would say Raj – you know, from the big bang theory) is a French word meaning rabbit stew with white wine.

But this post has nothing to do with rabbits, or white wine…(Unfortunate about the wine part ;) I know)

The reason I call this post Gibelotte is because my mom uses the term when she just throws whatever is in the fridge in a pan and cooks it! This is what she calls a Gibelotte, not rabbit stew. She has never made rabbit stew in her life (thank goodness!) In fact, I didn’t even know a gibelotte was a rabbit stew until today! Learn somethin’ new everyday!

She is French Canadian, so maybe it’s a French term turned Quebecois slang,

Anyways, I was almost out of food the other day so I made my own “Gibelotte”…

I was pretty pleased, it turned out quite delicious!

Sauteed onions, mushrooms,frozen peas, and carrots.

Incomplete without some savory trail mix and ketchup on top of course!

I make what my mother calls “gibelottes” quite often. Salad gibelottes, stir fry gibelottes, smoothie gibelottes… It’s a great way to use up the last of your groceries. They all usually taste pretty good! (provided you don’t combine two completely wacky ingredients together)

Chocolate Mushroom Stir Fry Anyone? Sauteed Onion Smoothie?!… You get where I’m going.

Are you a meal planner? Or do you go to the kitchen, check out the fridge, then decide?! Or do you just not cook at all?

I’m curious! Let me know!

Have a wonderful Friday!

Ellie

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Meet My New Love, Mason.

Oh Mason, how I love thee.

The things I can say about Mason..

Jar that is.

I have a new found love for mason jars!

I have always loved jars of any kind, but there is just something so appealing about mason jars. They’re so retro, yet so chique, yet country… All at once! That’s versatility if you ask me!

Because everyone is moving out, we had this “stuff swap” room in my residence, where people bring clothes/books/stuff that they don’t want or need anymore. Whatever is in the room is basically a free for all!

Among a few other things, I found some lovely mason jars!

After a thorough washing- they were ready to go!

I’d like to introduce you to:

Steel Cut Oatie, a single bachelor looking for a companion…

And also, meet:

Rolled Oata, a bacheloroatte in search for a perfect partner…

Well, whaddaya know… One day, Rolled Oata and Steel Cut Oaty crossed paths and hit it off!

Now they live happily ever after in their humble pantry, creating beautiful children breakfasts almost every morning.

Such as this baby here:

Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Overnight Steel Cut AND Rolled Oats

Rolled oats combined with steel cut oats in overnight oat recipes create the perfect texture bound bowl of flavor infused breakfasts.

It’s my new favoroat combo!

In the mix for one serving: 1/4 rolled oats + 1/8 cup steel cut oats.

Try it, you’ll like it! Trust me, I know what I’m talking aboat.

Back to jars… Another nut butter jar bites the dust!

Bye bye hazelnut butter, it was nice knowing eating you! Till we meat again!

I don’t know if you recall me saying that I would gladly take on the challenge of trying to finish all my nut/seed butters before my big move… Well, I’ve been doing pretty well!

Do you remember this pic?

Well this is what I’ve got left:

+ some Tahini (which I forgot to add)

And they’re all nearing the bottom:

I don’t know if it’s something to be proud of that I’ve conquered almost all of my butters…

But, not gonna lie, I’m pretty proud!

Although, I do REALLY miss Almond Butter, it has been weeks since I’ve had any, and I CANNOT wait to go get some more! After I finish the cashew butter I will!

Out of all my nut/seed butter experiences, I have had the hardest time getting through the pretty small jar of cashew butter! I like cashews, but in butter form, it just isn’t my favorite! If I go buy almond butter or peanut butter before I finish the cashew butter…then I don’t know if I’ll ever finish it. And I. Must. Finish. It.

If I had to choose three butters that are a definite win and pantry/fridge essential in my book, they would be:

  1. This almond butter
  2. Organic creamy peanut butter
  3. Sunbutter
  4. Coconut Butter (Okay I had to choose four…couldn’t decide!)

Some other butters that I’m curious to try are Pecan Butter and Pumpkin Seed Butter!

Okay so enough with this butter jargon!

Here are some great illustrated ideas with all the things you can do with mason jars! The possibilities are endless!

Have a fantastic day!

Ellie

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Just Like Family….Dinner

Hey there!

How are you all today?!

Today’s post is about my “just like family” dinner.

My boyfriend’s cousin, Cheryl, and her husband Terry, are so kind to frequently invite us over for dinner.

I am not blood related to them, but I feel just like a part of the family when I go there! Which I love, because all my relatives are out east (Montreal) or out mid-west (Kansas)… and when we go to Cheryl and Terry’s, it’s just like the family dinners I have at home! Lots of laughs and delicious food!

To start, we had:

A lovely salad with beets, tomatoes, goat cheese, pecans, with a balsamic vinaigrette. Really good! Love beets :)

For the main dish:

Grilled salmon topped with a fantastic apple mango pear raisin cranberry port relish, snow pea shoots, and toasted sesame seed adorned sushi rice! Mmmm!

Look at that presentation?!? Strategic placement of the plate too is important! (I learned ;) )

And for dessert:

Decaf Espresso Mousse. The moussiest, most cloud - like mousse ever! So good:) The flavor brought me right back to my favorite childhood indulgence (Sheridan's Frozen Custard Esspresso Shake)! Love coffee flavored desserts!

I love how Cheryl and Terry work together as a team in the kitchen. They both love to cook which transcends in their food because it always looks and tastes absolutely delicious.

Also at dinner were Cheryl and Terry’s kids, the ever so entertaining Brooklyn (15), Wesley (17), and my boyfriend Dan’s parents, the lovely Frank and Di Anne, (who also frequently have us over for amazing just like family dinners and laughs)…

Oh and I can’t forget about the most adorable sous-chef around…

Hey there Latte!!

Speaking of latte,….

:)

And speaking of adorable dogs, my friend Jane and my mom her mom Janis, just adopted this beauty from the shelter:

Say hello to Cecilia!!! (Ceci for short) Can’t wait to meet her in person!!

Have a lovely Wednesday!

Ellie

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Getting a Bad Wrap

So last night, after a class of Bikram Yoga, I walked into the grocery store next door to pick up a few items. That’s when all of my dreams came true!

Okay, this may be a slight exaggeration, but this was still awesome!

No you are not reading that wrong… My FAVORITE hummus brand was buy one get one FREE…Where has this sale been all my life?!

If I weren’t moving out tomorrow, I am not kidding you, I would have probably emptied the shelf, but I used the strongest of my self control and just got two tubs – one 4 free!

It was around midnight when I got home last night (I took the 9:30 p.m. yoga class), and I am always pretty hungry when I get home from yoga, but oddly enough, I was not craving my newly purchased hummus. I was craving a little midnight salad: ( I really wanted something sour.. – as in the lemon in the dressing :) )

Romaine, cabbage, tomato, cucumber nutritional yeast + lemon, olive oil, and apple cider vinegar. And lots of pepper!!

And for dessert I had some salted chocolate/ nut butter covered popcorn: So GOOD! I still need to tweak this a little so I will post the recipe when it’s PERFECT! K?!

I just love pop corn!

I think the comfort of having two fresh hummus tubs in my fridge and a full tummy contributed to me sleeping like a baby hibernating bear last night. I am pretty sure I woke up in the same exact position in which I fell asleep – Love those nights of deep sleep!

This morning… I had a bad wrap (physically speaking)… It was all torn and broken, but I wanted to use it up! But I guess it’s not the physical appearance that truly matters in the end, it’s the way the wrap tastes that really counts…right?!

Out of this bad wrap I made a wonderful breakfast pizza:

Apple Cinnamon Breakfast Pizza!

For the crust: “bad wrap” brown rice tortilla.

For the sauce: 3/4 of a scoop SunWarrior Warrior Blend Vanilla protein powder + 1 heaping tablespoon sunflower seed butter + almond milk + a little maple syrup.

For the toppings: Thinly sliced Fuji apple, cinnamon, sliced almonds.

I love breakfast for pizza. ;)

Here are some questions that this post has brought up in my mind: feel free to enlighten me if you know….

Why is it that when you sleep really well you say “I slept like a baby?” – Don’t most babies wake up 2 or 3 times in the middle of the night?

Is it pop corn or popped corn? Or either?

Is it bad wrap, bad rap, or bad rep? I actually couldn’t resist in Googling the answer to this, and found a very detailed explanation of all these possibilities and why in the end it is bad rap. Click here to find out why!

Hope you have a wonderful Tuesday…

Today is one exciting day for me, I’m going to one of my favorite places of all time…

COSTCO!!!

:) Lata Gata,

Ellie

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How’d You Get So Smooth!?

Hey there!

It’s that day again, Monday!

And let me tell ya, I do not mind one bit!

Why, you ask?

Because of this:

The creamiest…

Most dreamiest…

Smoothiest… Smoothie EVER!

Now I know exactly why they are called SMOOTHies….

That smoothie may not look like much- but, it’s much!

Secret ingredient?!

Hint: It’s green!

And no, it’s not spinach!

Rymes with “mavocado” -

Yep, that’s right! There’s avocado in this baby!

I have been reading a few blogs that have posted smoothie recipes with avocado in them, and I decided that I just had to try it for myself!

In the mix:

  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • 1 tbs coconut flour
  • 1/2 of a small avocado
  • 1/2 frozen banana
  • 1 scoop almond milk yogurt
  • 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk

And blend away!

What took it over the top was:

The blueberry muffin i crumbled over the top.

I highly recommend trying avocado in your smoothie if you haven’t!

Avocados are filled with healthy fats (which are highly benefecial!) And boat loads of potassium! (more than bananas!)

Plus they taste delicious…

You can EVEN put them on your face!

And let me tell you all, I thoroughly enjoy putting food on my face!

Pumpkin Puree Facial

And in my tummy, of course!

Speaking of facials – here’s a cutesy cartoon I found:

Haha, I thought it was quite funny!

If you want to make some other delicious non-smoothie recipes that include avocado, check these out:

But I can hardly go a post without talking about chocolate!

I made this recipe yesterday – DELICIOUS!

Chocolate Peanut Butter No Bake Cookies

Are you an avocado advocate? A chocolate lover? Both? Neither?

Have a lovely Monday!

Ellie

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Earth Day Bearthday!

Happy Earth Day everyone!

I’d just like to take a moment and give a great big hug to this wonderful planet of ours.

I realize this sounds cliche, but it should be:

I love our planet, and I sometimes worry about our future generations and the earthly problems that they will have to deal with. But anyways, I won’t get political here…

Let’s talk cleaning!

I found this great website with all the recipes to make natural cleaners for basically anything! I thought it was great!! You should check it out!

All you really need is:

  • Baking Soda
  • Vinegar
  • Hydrogen Peroxide
  • All Natural Tea Tree Oil And Grapefruit Oil (which have known antibacterial properties) And Lemon Juice
  • Liquid Castile Soap

To make:

Surface Spray, All Purpose Liquid Cleaner,All Purpose Abrasive Cleaner, Refrigerator Cleaner, Oven Cleaner, Microwave Cleaner, Dishwasher Detergent, Gorgeously Green All-Purpose Spray, Fruit and Vegetable Wash, Drain Cleaner, Window, Glass and Chrome Cleaner, Toilet Bowl Cleaners, Scrub with a toilet brush, Tub And Tile Cleaner, Soft Scrub for Fixtures, Mildew/Germ Killer, Mildew/Germ Killer 2, Wood Floor Cleaner, Linoleum Floor Cleaner, Carpet Stain Remover, Carpet Deodorizer, All-Purpose Carpet Cleaner, Air Freshener, Furniture Polish, Metal Polish (copper and brass), Powdered Laundry Detergent, Liquid Laundry Detergent, Laundry Pre-treatment, Fabric Softener, Bleach Alternative (Laundry)………….

Anywho, you get the point! Pretty much any type of cleaner you can image can be made easily at a low cost to you and the environment! WIN.

I love using fruit and vegetable wash, but it’s quite expensive, so when I run out, I will salvage the bottle and make my own :)

I want to try and make it a point to make natural cleaners! For me, there’s no excuse not too!

Onto other greenness!

I bought this wine in lieu of the holiday:

Cono Sure Cabernet Sauvignon Carmenere Organic Wine

They were voted green company of the year in 2011!!

I’ll support that – ESPECIALLY if it involves wine :)

Plus, It came with this sweet bracelet!

Now let’s chat about recycling. Just a casual little chat…

I’m really happy that my roommates and I recycle and all, buttt, we seem to have trouble with the TAKING OUT part of recycling.

Although this photo goes up with embarrassment, THIS is our balcony.


Yes, you see that right, it is FULL of recycling. To the point of ridiculousness!

We may need to be on the show HOARDERS soon.

To be fair, I have 5 roommates (so it piles up very fast!)…and we have all been very busy with exams and studying. There is no excuse though. I think now that the recycle pile has gotten THIS BIG, no one is willing to tackle the project on their own.

Roommates unite- recycle we will conquer thee once and for all.

Happy Sunday,

Peace, Love, Earth,

Ellie

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